Evidence shows that rampant deforestation will worsen the frequency and intensity of future global pandemics. Yet implementing indiscriminate bans on timber harvesting and trade will have an immediate and serious impact on already vulnerable environments and livelihoods, as well being ineffective in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Laure Joanny blogs from Indonesia where she has been based for a number of months doing fieldwork
Guest bloggers Tor A. Benjaminsen and E.J. Milner-Gulland look beyond the headlines to examine the growing linkages between biodiversity conservation and security.